Many sources – from the National Press downwards – are keen to voice the opportunities available with 3D printing; from food to fashion, toys to bespoke medical applications, it seems that almost everything is achievable. Suddenly, we are told, we are on the cusp of being able to conjure up almost anything we desire, and at a low cost too. But are 3D printers really that flexible? Are we heading towards a world where we have machines that generate our needs so quickly and with such flexibility that it appears to have been created out of thin air? While computing speeds and machine systems may be available one day, they are currently not, and while the popular press may try to tell you otherwise, 3D printing isn’t the wonder process that they try and paint it. Continue reading The Pitfalls of 3D Printing
With 2015 at our doorstep, let’s take a minute to take a broad look at the 3d printing industry. The industry has had a volatile year with breakthroughs, setbacks and doubts. Many of us expected that early adopters would have bought a 3d printer, but it seems there are still some obstacles to overcome before additive manufacturing becomes a common in-house possibility. Just like the mobile phone needed a few decades to shrink to a size that consumers started buying, the 3d printer is evolving this very decade. What does the consumer expect from the machine, and does it really offer substantial value? Continue reading 3D Printing in 2015 – What to Expect?
In latest headlines, analysts at Canalys predicted that the 3d printing industry isn’t just here to stay. The market’s size is expected to see a sixfold increase compared to the breakthrough year 2013.
2013: 3d printing market reaches $2.5b
Last year was the year that 3d printing went from not to hot. From printing plastics to what-not, it has gained intrest in industrial sectors as well as the general public. The market’s size, including 3D printer sales, materials and associated services, reached US$2.5 billion globally in 2013. This year that number will grow to $3.8 billion, the following years showing an even bigger expected increase. By 2018, Canalys estimates the global market value to reach $16.2 billion. Continue reading 3D Printing Industry Will Exceed Expectations
The time will come that we will be able to create nearly anything in our homes by 3d printing it – with designs downloaded from the internet no knowledge of the printed object is obligatory. Are you short one bowl when serving dinner for 6? Just Google the bowl design, send it to the printer and if you’ve got it loaded up with enough material (ABS, PLA, metal) you’ve got a bowl of your choice in no-time.